37 Facts About Rob Brydon


Robert Brydon Jones is a Welsh actor, comedian, impressionist, presenter, singer and writer.


Rob Brydon has appeared in a number of shows for the BBC with Steve Coogan, including The Trip series in 2010, released as a feature film later that year; and The Trip to Italy in 2014 and The Trip to Spain in 2017 and The Trip to Greece in 2020, edited and released as feature films.


Rob Brydon's mother, Joy Jones, was a school teacher, and his father, Howard Jones, was a car dealer.


Rob Brydon was educated at two private schools: St John's School in Porthcawl, which Eddie Izzard attended, and Dumbarton House School in Swansea until the age of 14.


Rob Brydon has said that his primary childhood influences in comedy were Barry Humphries, Frankie Howerd and Woody Allen.


Rob Brydon has said that he used to memorise entire sketches by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers.


Rob Brydon left after a year, to join Radio Wales at the age of 20.


Rob Brydon developed his Marion and Geoff story from this.


In 1994 and 1995 Rob Brydon appeared in numerous episodes of the original Radio Wales version of the cult comedy Satellite City with Boyd Clack.


Rob Brydon has stood in for Ken Bruce, one of the people whom he impersonates.


Between September and October 2011, Rob Brydon starred alongside Kenneth Branagh in Francis Veber's play The Painkiller at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.


Rob Brydon reprised his role with Branagh, in March and April 2016, at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.


Whilst not calling himself an impressionist Rob Brydon says he "started out as an impressionist" but will "bristle" when described as such.


Rob Brydon's impressions include Alec Guinness, James Dean, Michael J Fox, Richard Burton, Tom Jones, Michael Caine, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Corbett.


Rob Brydon is noted for his "Small Man in A Box" impression.


Rob Brydon is known for voice-over work in television advertising, including for Renault, Tango, The Times, Tesco, Abbey National, Sainsbury's, McDonald's, Pot Noodle, Domino's Pizza, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, The Observer and Fairy Liquid.


Rob Brydon voiced the main character, Lewton, in the Discworld computer game Discworld Noir, and provided voices in animated films such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom.


Rob Brydon began to find small roles in several successful films and television series.


Since these series Rob Brydon has developed a career path as a character actor, in both comedic and serious roles.


Rob Brydon portrayed controversial theatre critic Kenneth Tynan in the BBC Four film Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore, opposite Julian Sands as Laurence Olivier.


In 2010 Rob Brydon starred alongside Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's partially improvised BBC Two sitcom series The Trip, in which both actors played fictionalised versions of their public personas.


In 2006, Rob Brydon first appeared on the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.


Rob Brydon's singing voice earned the unprecedented accolade from the former host, Humphrey Lyttelton, of being "not bad".


In February 2009, it was announced that Rob Brydon would be one of three people to replace Lyttelton as chairman of the 51st series of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.


Rob Brydon appeared as guest panellist in the first two episodes of series 52, chaired by Jack Dee.


Rob Brydon returned as a guest panellist in the last two episodes of series 54 in January 2011.


Rob Brydon had appeared as a guest panellist on the show during the previous season.


Rob Brydon has presented an episode of Have I Got News for You and has appeared on BBC Radio 4's panel game Just a Minute.


Rob Brydon narrated a two-part programme on BBC Radio 4, The Pain of Laughter: The Last Days of Kenneth Williams.


In other radio work Rob Brydon sat in for Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 for one day only on 25 August 2008.


Rob Brydon appeared as a host on episode two of series five of the BBC series of Live at the Apollo.


In 2010 Rob Brydon took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.


Rob Brydon was one of six comperes for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert held outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June 2012.


Rob Brydon was married to Martina Fitchie from 1992 to 2000.


On 6 October 2006, Rob Brydon married Clare Holland, a former producer on The South Bank Show, at Windsor church.


Rob Brydon was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he previously studied.


Rob Brydon was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to comedy and broadcasting, and for charitable services.